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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

My First Little ATC

Thought I'd try something a bit different yesterday, so I made this simple ATC the acronym for an Artist Trading Card for those that don't know, not that I'm claiming to be an artist, far from it lol! The medium is all new to me and this is my very first attempt, I'm not sure exactly what they're supposed to look like or whether I did it right, but I enjoyed doing it, which I guess is the whole point :)

The card was cut from a cardboard posting folder that a book came in, so its got a recycled base, the back of the card was treated with black acrylic paint, then PVA and then orange acrylic paint to create a crackle effect, something I learnt in a Docrafts demo by Mags Woodcock, only I didn't quite get it right and it only cracked apart a little, but I'll work on the technique :)

Once I'd dried and trimmed the ATC to size, I then stamped it with Jet Black StazOn ink using an oak leaf  stamp from the JustRite 'Shabby Chic Autumn Leaves' set. I stamped the image upside down but it doesn't matter to the overall ATC I think. I jumped in after a little research yesterday, all I know is the size an ATC is supposed to be, which is 2.5" wide and 3.5" long, no idea of thickness, shape etc, I have seen some examples of ATC's with rounded corners, hopefully other crafters will tell me what sort of card they use, what thickness etc.

The front I covered with a piece of paper from a free download set of papers from Crafters Companion, available if you're a member of their Crafters Companion Club, its free to join and you get downloads and offers and sales goodies. To get the same papers look for the June 2014 Distressed Elegance download, it has 4 nice distress effect papers plus some embellishments and sentiments.

After I stuck the paper to the front of the card and trimmed it to size I distressed the edges with Walnut Stain distress ink. I then stamped the sentiment in the centre again with StazOn, the sentiment for those interested is from Stampendous and is called 'Witching You'. Orangey adhesive gems in the four corners and a glittery spider with wobbly eyes from my stash to finish. Not as complex as some peoples gorgeous creations but I've dipped my toe in the water :)

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Thanks for your comments on my cards and posts, they are very much appreciated, I'll get back to you as soon as I can if a reply is required. Hugs - Debs x